Former Y Student Board Presidents Dick Theis and Bob Lauchner recall one of the YMCA's earliest engagements for racial equality in the 1950s. At a time when barbershops were segregated in Champaign-Urbana, the Racial Equality Committee of the YMCA Student Board set up an integrated barbershop, wanting everyone to feel welcome and safe. For 140 years, the Y has been a place for students to take up issues that they care about and make an impact in their communities. Watch the video.
As part of this celebration, we would like to acknowledge stories of University YMCA alumni and friends in order to commemorate our lasting legacy. We would love to hear your Y story, because we believe that the power of storytelling is when people say "me too."
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